ETSU women's tennis continues to cruise through competition at UNC Wilmington Invitational
Stupak
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2007) - The ETSU women's tennis team put the pedal to the metal early and cruised by its competition on day two of the UNC Wilmington Country Club of Landfall Collegiate Tennis Invitational Saturday afternoon. The trio of Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus), Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) stormed through their matches with ease, and will play in the finals on Sunday.

 

"The girls played well today and I am very happy with the way they are competing," said head ETSU women's tennis coach Steve Brooks. "They are all representing ETSU well, and it's a great way to start the season."

 

ETSU's morning began with the partners of Batsula/Stupak running through doubles competition. First, the Bucs pair defeated UNC Greensboro's team of Valerie Behr and Jessica Eblen, 9-7, and then earned a spot into Sunday's finals by knocking off Maggie Yahner and Cathy Nimitz from the University of Virginia, 8-3.

 

The set of Buccaneer stars remained perfect in singles play as Batsula, Stupak and Voinea all won their matches respectively. For second time on Saturday, Batsula faced Greensboro's Jessica Eblen, and the Belarus bomber had no problems in her match, downing Eblen, 6-1, 6-1 to reach tomorrow's final. Like Batsula, Stupak's singles opponent was a familiar face, as she defeated Virginia's Cathy Nimitz in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The final match of the day pinned ETSU's (Andra) Voinea against hometown favorite Lindsay Leblang (UNC Wilmington), and Voinea made sure she would make it an all ETSU final by knocking off Leblang, 6-3, 6-1.

 

The Bucs are guaranteed at least one final win tomorrow, as Voinea and Batsula face off against each other in the Navy Flight finals, while Stupak will represent ETSU in the championship match of the Teal Flight.

 

Competition has been moved up to 8 a.m. Sunday, due to the scheduled landfall of subtropical storm Gabrielle, which is on path to hit the North Carolina coast tomorrow morning.

 

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